Sixty Watt Shaman

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Description Sixty Watt Shaman is an American heavy metal band originally based out of Baltimore, Maryland. The genre of music they are often associated with is stoner rock or stoner metal. They formed in 1996 and recorded and released their first studio album in 1998. The band last recorded in 2002 and last toured in late 2002 and early 2003. They are active on MySpace and have made reunion appearances including a festival event April 28, 2007 at the Ottobar in Baltimore, Maryland. They are widely regarded as innovators in their musical genre with the "Sixty Watt" sound, and were both imitated and replicated by peers and bands who followed in their footsteps.HistoryThe band was formed in the mid 1990s by vocalist/rhythm guitarist Daniel Krzewick, lead guitarist Joe Selby, drummer Chuck Dukehart, and bassist Jim Forrester. All came together to form "the Shaman" out of two separate projects, Approach (Krzewik, Selby, Dukehart), and Supercreep (Selby, Dukehart, Forrester), which were both active during the time period of 1995 to 1996.The band name derives from a split reference to Jim Morrison and an infamous amplifier once played by Jimi Hendrix; the band name was dubbed by lead singer Dan Krzewick in early September 1996 upon his return from European travel where he had visited the grave of Jim Morrison who is buried in Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, France. Jim Morrison was called the "electric shaman" by press and popular culture during his Doors years. The story behind the reference to "Sixty Watt" is that it refers to a now infamous amplifier that was built specifically for Jimi Hendrix by the pioneering amplifier manufacturer Jim Marshall; it was a special sixty watt amplifier which was used during live performances and on the famous Electric Ladyland album, but was alleged to have been stolen and never recovered after Hendrix's famous Isle of Wight performance.
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